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Values up again
Christchurch house values are up
another four per cent on three
months ago and are rising faster
than values in wider Canterbury.
National valuation agency
Quotable Value said Christchurch
house values were up 10 per cent
since a year ago. The average
value of a city house is now
$429,378 -- another record. The
rises were attracting investors.
Growth in Selwyn and Waimakariri
was slower in the past quarter at
between two and three per cent,
but Selwyn still commanded the
highest average house value at
Fiery explosion probe
Police are urging revellers to come
forward following a fiery explosion
at an Ilam property on Saturday
that could have ended in loss of
life. Up to 200 students packed
into an Ilam property fled after
someone opened LPG gas
canisters in a shed and set the
building alight. Firefighters and
police were alerted by frightened
tenants at the Rountree St
property. The fire razed the shed,
damaged a neighbouring property,
and could have ended in a ''very
big bang'', a fire investigator said.
Renters have been hit again with a
12 per cent rent hike which puts
the average weekly rent at only
$70 less than the fulltime adult
minimum wage. The average rent
in Christchurch on Trade Me was
a year ago. The minimum fulltime
adult wage is $550 a week. The
Tenants Protection Association
found average rent rises of $43 a
week, with more than half of
tenants paying 40 per cent of their
income to landlords.
Council consents boss
Public service adviser Doug Martin
has been appointed the Crown
manager of the city council's
consents unit. Earthquake
Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee
said Mr Martin had taken a leading
role in a number of public sector
reviews, including issues with
performance and a review of the
NZ Qualifications Authority with
the implementation of the
National Certificate in Educational
In search of a mayor
The Mail took to the streets this week to see what Christchurch residents are making of the
city mayoral race. ABBIE NAPIER reports...
How do you rate Bob Parker's performance as mayor, who should
replace him and why?
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HAVE YOUR SAY
CHRISTCHURCH STANDS at a
crossroads of leadership.
Mayor Bob Parker has signalled
an end to his reign after six years
leading the city and Labour MP
Lianne Dalziel has announced her
intention to run for his job.
Over the last few months the
names of several other potential
mayoral candidates have been put
Most have either dismissed the
idea or declared their support for
Opinions on the street were div-
ided as to whether current coun-
cillors should run.
City resident Prem Chandra
said he hoped someone with
young blood'' would step forward
and give the council some fore-
sight; however, he thought some
council experience would be a
Most agreed a fresh perspective
was needed for the council.
Deputy Mayor Ngaire Button
has said it was unlikely'' she
would run against Dalziel, but did
not rule it out.
Fiona from Lyttelton said she
didn't think Button would stand a
chance against Dalziel, who has
many years of politics behind her.
I think Lianne will be good.
She certainly works hard and
would advocate for the com-
While Christchurch resident
Janet Fallow said she was glad to
see Parker go, Judy Orsborn said
she felt sorry for the mayor.
I just hope he hasn't been let
down by (chief executive Tony)
Marryatt,'' she said.
He's done himself an injury by
standing up for that man. I don't
blame Bob Parker for trying to get
a life after what he's been
Outside the political arena, sug-
gestions for mayoral candidates
have included Canterbury
Employers' Chamber of Com-
merce chief executive Peter
Townsend and radio host Mike
Mr Chandra would like to see
Re:Start Mall director Paul Lons-
dale run for council, but did not
consider him mayoral material.
Other Cantabrians we spoke to
on the street did not have any sug-
gestions for other candidates, but
most hoped someone would step
up and oppose Dalziel to ensure a
fair fight was had and the issues
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